The Pittsburgh Riverhounds came from behind today to deny Toronto FC II a win in their home opener. Instead, TFC II would have to settle for a 2-2 draw in front of a strong crowd at the Ontario Soccer Centre. The side does, however, remain undefeated with a win and two draws so far this year.
An elaborate free kick routine from the Riverhounds would end up in a 90th-minute equalizer, with Conor Branson beating Alex Bono in the Toronto net. Toronto FC II took the lead twice in the match, through goals from Nick Hagglund and Raheem Edwards. Romeo Parkes had the first Riverhounds goal.
Toronto FC loanee Hagglund would open the scoring just 12 minutes into the match. A corner kick for Edwards found Hagglund in the middle of the box and his header beat the Riverhounds keeper.
Parkes would put Pittsburgh level before the half, however, with a nice give and go outside the Toronto box. The goal would mean that the two clubs would head into halftime with the score tied at 1-1.
Toronto FC II appeared to be collecting their second win of the season after Raheem Edwards gave them the lead in the 55th minute. The winger was taken down in the box after beating a Riverhounds defender. He would then step up and take the penalty kick himself. The goal was his third in as many games, representing an impressive start to the USL season.
Chaos would take over in the last minutes of the match, however. Pittsburgh used a fancy free kick routine to trick Toronto keeper Alex Bono and would find a late equalizer to earn their first point of the season through a shot from Branson.
Both teams would then get chances to win the match in the final minutes of play. Robert Boskovich's shot would avoid deflection on the way to the net, and then would be cleared off the line by a Riverhounds defender. The Riverhounds would take the ball the other way, but their breakaway attempt was stopped by Alex Bono.
Toronto FC II will look to continue their unbeaten run to start the season when they take on expansion side FC Cincinnati at home next weekend. The match will be played on Sunday, April 24 at the Ontario Soccer Centre.